Swansea at Brookland-Cayce
Fourth-ranked Swansea travels to The Cage to face No. 10 Brookland-Cayce in the first big match of the Region 5-3A season. The Tigers (11-3, 4-0) have lost three one-goal decisions to ranked Class 4A sides. The host Bearcats (9-4, 3-0) have gone 6-1 since a rough weekend trip to the Lowcountry that produced losses to 2A powers Bishop England and Academic Magnet. The teams shared the region championship last spring, splitting two conference matches. Title-bound Hilton Head eliminated both 5-3A reps in the state playoffs last season – B-C went down in the third round, Swansea in the Lower State championship match.
Spring Valley at Blythewood
It’s a huge match in the tight Region 4-4A. Spring Valley, Blythewood and Irmo enter the new week with one single-goal region loss apiece. Tonight’s loser falls a game off the pace. No. 10 Spring Valley (8-3, 4-1) suffered its first region setback last week at Irmo after edging Blythewood, 2-1, in its previous outing. No. 12 Blythewood has not played in a week. The Bengals slip against Spring Valley came after a 2-1 win over Irmo. It should be an interesting stretch run.
Chapin at A.C. Flora
No. 8 A.C. Flora (6-7-1, 4-2) faces a key outing at Memorial Stadium in this key Region 4-3A rematch. Simply put, the Falcons must win to avoid falling out of the region championship race and stay at least in the hunt for a second-place finish and a first-round state playoff home match. Third-ranked Chapin (10-2, 7-0) defeated Flora 2-0 in the first meeting on March 14. The Eagles scored a 3-2 overtime win over previously unbeaten Dreher to take sole possession of the top spot in the region standings. This match has been moved to Wednesday at Bolden Stadium.
Blythewood at Spring Valley
Sixth-ranked Blythewood (12-2, 5-1) has won six in a row since a 1-0 loss to Irmo on March 18. The most recent success was a 4-3 overtime win at Irmo last Friday that created a tie atop the region standings. The Bengals can’t afford a letdown against a 7-4 Spring Valley side that played Irmo tough in a 1-0 early last week.
A.C. Flora at Chapin
It’s a major week for fifth-ranked Flora (8-3-1, 6-1) with rematches after Region 4-3A heavies Chapin and River Bluff. A win tonight against the seventh-ranked Eagles (7-5, 4-2) essentially assured the Falcons of no worse than a second-place region finish, and sets up a bid for at least a share of the conference tie on Friday at top-ranked River Bluff. ACF was a 3-2 winner in the first meeting with Chapin on March 14. The Eagles must win to have a shot at a first-round state playoff home date.